Joseph Nowadly of Orchard Park, who ran the old Harry's Drugs on South Park Avenue, died Friday (Feb. 2, 2001) after being stricken in his car near his home. He was 67.
While attending Buffalo Technical High School, Nowadly began as a stock boy at the pharmacy, which became the hub of the Old First Ward's business community. It also was a place for whites and blacks to work and mingle together.
Nowadly owned Harry's for 30 years and was a pharmacist for 40 years. His prices were moderate, and, on occasion, he would extend credit to residents caught in a pinch but needing some of life's necessities.
In July 1984, Harry's Drugs went up in smoke in a trash fire started by neighborhood children.
"I'm coming back," Nowadly promised the public, and this he did, refurbishing a former Marine Midland Bank building nearby and reopening in a matter of weeks.
Then, in 1990, he sold Harry's and became supervising pharmacist of the Rite Aid store then opening down the street at St. Brigid's Square.
Though he never really retired, Nowadly could be seen in recent years laughing and sharing stories over coffee at Anthony Brown's Pharmacy in Orchard Park, the town he called home for 33 years. He also enjoyed golf, reading and entertaining his grandchildren, who called him Papa Joe.
A graduate of the University of Buffalo Pharmacy School, he was a member of the Pharmacy Association of Western New York and a former board member of Orchard Park Country Club.
Survivors include his wife of 43 years, the former Marie T. Rozanski; a son, Mark J. of Orchard Park; four daughters, Lynne Mason of Gladwyne, Pa., Michelle of Madison, Wis., Melissa Breen of Orchard Park and Kristen M. of New York City; two brothers, Walter and George, both of Buffalo; and seven grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Tuesday in Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Church, South Buffalo Street and Thorn Avenue, Orchard Park. Burial will be in the church cemetery.